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18th Street Arts Center Reopening Information (Updated June 15, 2021)
With the new LA County reopening protocols, 18th Street Arts Center will now welcome walk-in visitors to view exhibitions at our Airport Campus (3026 Airport Ave, Santa Monica). Though we still encourage you to make an appointment for ease and convenience, it is no long required.
The Airport Campus galleries are open
Monday-Friday from 11 AM - 5 PM, and Saturday hours from 12-5 PM will begin on July 31.
Olympic Campus (1639 18th Street) hours are Monday-Friday from 11 AM - 5 PM.

Make an appointment here - just select the exhibition you are interested in.

Please note that all visitors to 18SAC's campus must still wear a mask indoors, regardless of vaccination status, in order to protect members of our artist community that live and work in the space. Please stay home if you are not feeling well.

To explore our current and recent exhibitions online, please visit https://18thstreet.org/exhibitions/ to view 360 virtual tours, recorded virtual talks, images, and catalogue essays. We also have a full schedule of virtual programs, including art workshops, artist talks, and conversations. Register or learn more at: https://18thstreet.org/events-calendar/

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Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2018-2019, 18th Street Arts Center is one of the top artist residency programs in the US, and the largest in Southern California. Conceived as a radical think tank in the shape of an artist community, 18th Street supports artists from around the globe to imagine, research, and develop significant, meaningful new artworks and share them with the public to foster radical imagination, empathy, and positive social change.

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M Susan Broussard, US History (forgotten), 2020. Oil on Canvas with mixed media. 48” x 48”. Courtesy of the artist.

Our Stories: Revisit the Past & Reimagine Our Future

August 2, 2021 - January 15, 2022

Co-curated by Joey Tong and Krystal M. Ramirez for the Hop Space Communities are like a collage, consisting of a variety of identities, desires, and interpersonal relationships. Each fragment contains a distinct story, but together they compose a greater narrative that speaks more than a single tale. This is the power of unity, that we gain from revisiting and respecting each other’s pasts, to reimagine our shared future. Our Stories: Revisit the Past & Reimagine Our Future is an exhibition…

Sin Título (Homenaje a lxs últimxs fabricantes de neon en Tijuana) / Untitled (Homage to the last fabricators of neon in Tijuana) Neon Sign. 48 in. x 21 in. / Señal de neón. 48 x 21 pulgadas. Photo by Marc Walker.

Cog•nate Collective | Manos a la Obra

October 25, 2021 - February 5, 2022

18th Street Arts Center is pleased to present the exhibition Manos a la Obra of new work by Cog•nate Collective, along with collaborators from their ongoing Market Exchange project, on view in the Propeller Gallery at 3026 Airport Ave, Santa Monica from October 25, 2021 - February 5, 2022.  Gallery hours are Monday – Friday from 11 AM – 5 PM, and Saturday from 12 - 5 PM at 3026 Airport Ave. Masks are required at all times. Walk-ins are…

Antonio José Guzmán, Biografica | Electric Dub Station Trilogy, 2020. Performance. Flevopark Amsterdam. Courtesy of the artist.

Weaving Unity

November 8, 2021 - February 5, 2022

18th Street Arts Center is pleased to present the exhibition Weaving Unity featuring the work of Bárbara Santos, Claudia Concha, Ni'Ja Whitson, Enid Baxter Ryce, and Antonio José Guzmán + Iva Jankovic, on view in the Slipstream Galleries at 18th Street Arts Center’s Airport Campus (3026 Airport Ave. in Santa Monica) from November 8, 2021 - February 5, 2022. Weaving Unity highlights the knowledge of our human and non-human ancestors in contemporary visual artworks from around the world. The selected…

Ling-lin Ku, Vanishing Point, 2021. Folded pixelated/glitched digital prints. Courtesy of the artist.

Ling-lin Ku
The Practice of Disguise

November 15, 2021 - December 17, 2021

18th Street Arts Center is pleased to present the exhibition The Practice of Disguise of new work by US-based, Taiwan-born artist Ling-lin Ku, on view in the Atrium Gallery at 1639 18th Street, Santa Monica (Blue Building) from November 15 - December 17, 2021.  Gallery hours are Monday – Friday from 11 AM – 5 PM at 1639 18th Street. Masks are required. The exhibition is in the Blue Building (1629), but please check in at the office in the…

EZTV 42: Some Old, Some New

December 9, 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

December 9, 2021 7:30 PM - in-person and streaming online 18th Street Arts Center (Olympic Campus) 1639 18th Street, Santa Monica In celebration of 42 years of digital, performance and video arts, EZTV (www.eztvmuseum.com), LA’s pioneering community-based independent artist-driven and run organization, will present a special in-person and via Zoom one-night event of screenings, visual art, and spoken word. IF YOU WANT TO COME IN-PERSON: Seating is limited, please RSVP. Masks will be required inside at all times. Please register…

Antonio José Guzmán, Biografica | Electric Dub Station Trilogy, 2020. Performance. Flevopark Amsterdam. Courtesy of the artist.

Curator Walkthrough: Weaving Unity

December 10, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Join curator Frida Cano for an in-person tour of the exhibition Weaving Unity at 18th Street Arts Center's Slipstream Galleries, Airport Campus (3026 Airport Ave, Santa Monica, CA) on December 10 at noon PST. The exhibition features projects by Panamanian-Dutch artist Antonio José Guzmán along with Serbian artist and designer Iva Jankovic, Amazonia-based artist and researcher Bárbara Santos, Colombian-born Los Angeles-based artist Claudia Concha, Californian artist and filmmaker Enid Baxter Ryce, and California/New York-based performance artist Ni'Ja Whitson. Weaving Unity highlights the knowledge of our human and non-human ancestors…

18th Street Community Winter Open House

December 11, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Come join us for some hot drinks, music, giveaways, and artist open studios at the Olympic campus (1639 18th Street, Santa Monica) to celebrate the end of 2021! Stop by 18th Street Arts Center and join staff, artists-in-residence, friends, and community members in a festive gathering to mark the end of a year and the beginning of another. Join us outside for a warm drink, friendly catch up, some fun tunes, and pick up a special postcard with images made…

Market Exchange's Installation Manos a la Obra at the Pico Pop-Up, 2021.

Manos a la Obra Pop-Up Artisan Market / Closing Celebration

January 29, 2022 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Manos a la Obra Pop-Up Artisan Market / Closing Celebration January 29, 2022 | 11 AM - 3 PM 18th Street Arts Center (Airport Campus) 3026 Airport Ave, Santa Monica, CA, 90405 Join us for a community celebration of craft and art at the Manos a la Obra pop-up Artisan Market! The market will feature different products produced and/or sourced by local artisans who have been collaborating with artists Cog•nate Collective to establish a community-led public market in Santa Monica.…

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